LAHORE – Thousands of women across the country joined rallies in support of their right to observe Hijab, on the occasion of the World Hijab Day on Tuesday. An appeal for observing the Hijab Day in a befitting manner had been made by the Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Syed Munawar Hasan. Rallies were organised by the JI Women Wing in major cities including Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad.

The rally in the Punjab capital was held outside the Lahore Press Club and was led by the President Women and Family Commission of the JI Samiah Raheel Qazi and Assistant Secretary General JI Women Wing Aafia Sarwar. The participants carried placards and banners stressing their right and denouncing the campaign against Hijab from the western and secular lobbies.

JI Secretary General, Liaqat Baloch, addressing the rally, said that the western society had deprived the women of their right to observe Hijab in the name of women rights and liberalism, which had ruined both the family system and the society in the west. He said that Hijab and Purdah were real asset of the women and ensured the proper upbringing of the children.

He said that the use of the women for commercial purposes had virtually ruined the western society. But unfortunately, he said, the Pakistani rulers, blindly copying the west and in order to please their foreign masters, wanted to exploit the womenfolk in the name of women emancipation and women’s rights.

However, he said, the JI would continue its struggle for the protection of women rights and enforcement of the Islamic system as well. He said that the US and its allies were on the run from this region and the JI and the Islam lovers would also compel their agents to flee from the area. The westernized NGOs, he said, were busy in propaganda against Islam but the JI wanted the freedom for all religions in this country in accordance with the constitution.

He said that extremists in the west were hurting the sentiments of Muslims by blaming Islam of terrorism and by desecrating the Holy Quran and publishing blasphemous caricatures.